Prof. Manoj K. AroraVice Chancellor
Prof. Manoj Arora is a Ph. D. in Remote Sensing from Swansea University (https://www.swansea.ac.uk/), UK. He was a post-doctoral research fellow for about two years in a NASA sponsored project in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department, Syracuse University (https://www.syracuse.edu/), USA. He completed his Master of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering in 1986 from the University of Roorkee (now IIT Roorkee, https://www.iitr.ac.in/) and Batchelor of Engineering degree in Civil Engineering in 1984 from Punjab Engineering College (https://pec.ac.in/), Chandigarh.
During, 2013-2018, he led Punjab Engineering College (Deemed University), Chandigarh, as the Director, on a Five-year tenure and was on lien from IIT Roorkee where he served as a Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering upto Nov. 1, 2018 for 30 years.
He has more than 34 years of teaching and research experience and a nearly equal experience in academic administration across India, UK and USA. This includes teaching in the areas of geospatial technology and computer sciences, developing and establishing new laboratories and centres, executing sponsored research and consultancy projects of national and international repute, research guidance, university administration, coordinating national level examinations GATE, JMET and JAM, and serving on a number of national committees of regulatory bodies, research organizations, and boards of academic institutions.
He works in the area of Remote Sensing, Geographic Information System, Digital Image Classification, Machine Learning, Soft Computing, Land Cover Mapping and Hazard and Risk Studies.
His significant academic outcomes are: initiation and execution of 42 sponsored research and consultancy projects with funding of over INR 90 million, establishment of a Centre and a Research Chair with an endowment of INR 125 million, publication of 2 books and 16 book chapters, publication of 256 research papers in International and National Journals and Conferences and several invited talks and keynote addresses. He has guided 24 Ph.D. theses (plus 1 currently registered) and 56 Masters Dissertations. His current Google Scholar record (https://scholar.google.co.in/citations?user=2-vxASEAAAAJ&hl=en) is, Citations: 5891, h-index: 37 and i10-index: 67.
He has collaborated with a number of organizations both India and abroad. These include Syracuse University, USA; University of Nottingham, UK; Norwegian Geotechnical Society, Norway; Defence Electronics Applications Laboratory, Dehradun and Snow and Avalanche Establishment Center Chandigarh of DRDO; Space Application Center, Ahmedabad; IIIT Delhi; Tehri Hydro Development Corporation; Rail Vikas Nigam Limited and Indian Railways; CPWD.
Prof. Arora has earned Outstanding Teacher Award at IIT Roorkee (two times; year 2006 and 2010), the Commonwealth Scholarship Award for Ph.D. in UK, the DST Young Scientist Award, the AICTE Young Teacher Career Award and post-doctoral fellowship in a NASA sponsored project, USA. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Engineers, and has been an active member of many professional societies including American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing, IEEE Geoscience and Remote Sensing Society and the Indian Society of Remote Sensing.
In addition to teaching and research, he has contributed and gained wide experience in the administration. At IIT Roorkee, he served as the Dean of Academic Studies and the Chairman of GATE, JMET and JAM examinations. He coordinated GATE 2009 at the national level.
He has served on a number of committees of IITs, DRDO, UPSC, CSIR, UGC, AICTE, MEITY, DST, and other organizations of excellence. Some of these are: Chairman of Regional Committee for North Western Region, AICTE; Member, Academic Advisory Council (AAC) Development of Online Courses for SWAYAM; Co-chair of Chandigarh State Higher Education Council (SHEC), RUSA; Vice President of Chandigarh Region Innovation and Knowledge Cluster; and, Member, Research Council, CSIR-CSIO, Chandigarh. He has also chaired a number of NBA, AICTE and UGC teams for accreditation of and approval of programmes.